The quantitative study of how fluids (gases and liquids) move.

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Head losses on parallel pipes

I've been studying Fluid Mechanics recently and on the book Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 7e, Munson et al. on page 456, the book states Another common multiple pipe system contains pipes in ...
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What will happen if we put balloon in water tank in space

Imagine this. You have some object (let say barrel) and fill it with water. The water remains rather calm so it doesnt' spills out. Then we take a balloon filled with air and push it in that tank. ...
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What is is a molecular/microscopic explanation for why a balloon rises in water?

If we consider a balloon full of air submerged in water then we all know that it will rise rapidly. I am having trouble understanding this at the level of individual molecules of air and water. What ...
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Fluid mechanics - rotating Bucket - euler fluid - symmetries

Rotating Bucket, gravity, euler fluid. E.g faber ch 2 or landau, if we start from the full 3 d equations in cylindrical coördinaties, we have symmetry over the azimuthal angle, but why is there ...
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Entropy is constant. How to express this equation in terms of pressure and density?

In hydrodynamics of an ideal, non-compressive flow we use 5 variables: pressure $p$, density $\rho$ and velocity field $\mathbf{v}$. So we need 5 equations. Landau's "Hydrodynamics" states that the ...
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Vorticity - Paradox

I am having trouble grasping the concept of vorticity. Above is a picture of fluid element under deformation (rotational). Say we ignore the vertical motion, which is $\frac {\partial {v}}{\partial ...
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How does the viscosity (besides density) of a fluid affects sinking

If water, air of whatever fluid had a different viscosity, but the same density, would things fall/sink differently?
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Why does string not wick down?

I regularly drink tea at work and I often reuse the tea bags (yes I know I'm a cheapskate). Yesterday afternoon I used a tea bag once and kept it in the cup in case I wanted another cup before I ...
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How to estimate the Kolmogorov length scale

My understanding of Kolmogorov scales doesn't really go beyond this poem: Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls and so on to viscosity. ...
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Are there any substances that allow sound to travel better then air? [closed]

The question is the same as the one I put in the title but here it is in more words. I was wondering if there were any substances that allowed sound to travel more efficiently. For example water is ...
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Does the lift created by a wing change when the slats are deployed?

This is a conceptual question as much as an empirical one, but the question is: Does the lift of a wing change when the slats (or any other leading edge device) are deployed? I am stipulating that the ...
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Measuring flow rate of gases

Flow rates of liquids could be easily measured with a stopwatch and a known volume container. But gases, if entrapped in a container will create a back pressure, and may lead to decreased flow. I ...
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Addes mass forces: can a force depend on acceleration?

My friend and I had a little discussion about added mass forces. I always interpreted $F=ma$ as a cause-effect relationship, so I find rather uneasy to accept that the cause can instantaneously ...
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What is “hydrostatic uplift pressure”?

I was reading Wikipedia about the St. Francis Dam and came across this sentence. Water that collected in the drainage pipes under the dam to relieve the hydrostatic uplift pressure was carried ...
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Pressure $p$ in the Bernoulli equation

I know the Bernoulli equation that states that the energy along a streamline is constant: $$ \frac{v^{2}}{2}+gh+\frac{p}{\rho}=C $$ However I can't seem to figure out what exactly $p$ is in this ...
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What would cause a spinning fluid to stop spinning?

I once saw a demonstration where an electric current caused a drop of mercury to spin. The drop contained bits of iron, which could be seen flowing around in a circular pattern. As soon as the ...
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Visualisation of vortex flows

Are there examples of vortex flows (eg: von Karman vortex street or large eddies) which are visualized in a way apart from displaying where the mass is displayed? I can imagine there to be a display ...
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The pressure in a water spout and Bernoulli's equation

This is a conceptual question about the application of Bernoulli's equation to a water spout. There is a classical problem found in many physics texts which goes something like "you have a garden ...
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A question on Bernoulli's principle

Which is more appropriate regarding Bernoulli's principle fast moving air causes low pressure or lower pressure causes fast moving air.
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Bernoulli's principle

In steady flow, the air that flows faster causes a lower pressure, the lower pressure causes it to move faster, or exactly both at the same time? Also how is it that we're talking about the pressure ...
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Deriving Bernoulli's equation via conservation of E

So I'm not OK with how some people derive this equation. These people consider a pipe whose endings have cross-sectional areas and heights which are different. They then use the conservation of ...
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Will a lighter car have a higher top speed than a heavier car with an equal power engine?

If I have a car (with a particular engine) optimized (shape & weight distribution-wise) for attaining the top speeds possible, and I put that engine into a car which is heavier (but otherwise the ...
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How to relate wingtips vortices with the energy loss it engenders?

On planes, wingtips vortices engender a loss in terms of lift, and an incresed of the drag, so an energy loss. Is there any possibilty to find a mathematical model relating both ? Thanks for the help. ...
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Movement of compressed air inside a rolling tire?

Does it stay still wrt the axis? Does it rotate along with the tire? Is it drawn away from the center of rotation?
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What is the exact cause of flow separation in a viscous fluid?

I recently got into a lengthy debate about the exact nature of boundary layer separation. In common parlance, we have a tendency to talk about certain geometries as being too "sharp" for a viscous ...
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Why does the water level equalize in a series of tubes?

Say I have a series of tubes (not the internet) looking like this, where w represents water: ...
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The viscous force between the layers of liquid is same, then why there is variation in the velocities of its layers?

I have learned in my textbook that when the liquid flows the bottom layer of the liquid never moves because of friction, but the upper layers move with increasing velocities how it is possible if the ...
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Why is the pressure on top of a slab of water greater than the pressure on the bottom?

In the image below, my book seems to be saying that if you have a cup of water in complete equilibrium, then if you have a small cube of water inside the cup given by $dm=ρAdy$ there is a downward ...
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Proof that flux through a surface is independent of the inner objects' arrangement

$$\Phi=\iint_{\partial V}\mathbf{g} \cdot d \mathbf{A}=-4 \pi G M$$ Essentially, why is $\Phi$ independent of the distribution of mass inside the surface $\partial V$, and the shape of surface ...
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Determine the maximum capillary rise

The problem I have is this: A capillary tube is immersed vertically in water. Knowing that water starts to evaporate below 2kPa, determine the maximum capillary rise and tube diameter. Assume the ...
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Degrees of freedom of particles in Lattice Boltzmann method

Is it true that in Lattice Boltzmann method particles have only one degree of freedom even in 3D case? Can someone explain that fact or provide a link? Thanks!
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What keeps a gas giant from falling in on itself?

There is not enough gravity at the center to start nuclear fusion, but it seems that there would be plenty enough to collapse the planet.
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Buoyancy fluxes in a stratififed fluid and units

I am calculating the buoyancy flux ($B$) for a stratified fluid as follows: $$ B=\frac{g\alpha S}{C_{pw}\rho_0} $$ where $g = 9.81$ $m/s$; $\alpha = 1.6 t\times10^{-5} + 9.6\times10^{-6} \times (20 ...
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Can I express the heat flow of a fluid in terms of estabilshed characteristics of the velocity distribution?

If $\rho$ is the mass density of a fluid and $A({\bf v})$ is an function of the velocity, which is distributed according to $f({\bf v})$, we have an averaging process $A\mapsto \langle A\rangle:=\int ...
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Fluid mechanics of aircraft at 10000 m

I have come up with the answers to parts a and b as shown in the image above. However in part c, I can't seem to find the answer, even though it only involves fitting numbers into Bernoulli's ...
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Have I calculated the air requirement for a pneumatic mail system correctly?

I googled How to calculate the air requirements of pneumatic conveying and found a clue to what might be a correct equation (http://uk.ask.com/question/pneumatic-conveying-calculation). Here is my ...
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Is there an equation to calculate the average speed of liquid molecules?

I seem to remember from first year physics that we can calculate the RMS speed of a stationary, ideal gas with $v=\sqrt{\frac{3RT}{M}}$. Does a similar equation exist for liquids?
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Why is a material such as plastic air-tight?

I'm not too familiar with fluid mechanics, but i always wondered how let's say plastic containers would be able to contain a fluid, such as gas or water. How does plastic prevent the molecules of the ...
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Bernoulli Equation and Flow in a pipe - paradox

I am studying Bernoulli equation and am facing a problem. The Bernoulli equation is applicable along a streamline and in steady flow condition (I guess this condition is to make sure it can be applied ...
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Are Normal Stress Differences in Newtonian Fluids Equal?

I was reading about normal stress differences in the context of Non-Newtonian fluids. There was a remark that the normal stress differences in Non-Newtonian fluids are not equal whereas the normal ...
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Physical interpretation of the change of diffusion term in navier stokes equations

In the Navier-Stokes Equations, there is one term accounting for convective flow and one term for diffusive flow. At high flow rates, the diffusive term becomes much smaller compared to convective ...
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Angle of rotation of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field

I am modeling the motion of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field. The ellipsoid is rotating about its shortest semi-principal axis which I have designated the $z$-axis in the body-fixed frame, ...
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Similarities between laminar-turbulence transition and others like BCS-BEC crossover, quark-hadron transition etc

From my limited readings on fluid dynamics, my understanding is that as the system changes from near-laminar flows to full turbulence, the dimensionless Reynolds number changes from $ R << 1$ to ...
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Compressible fluid flow through a branched pipe junctions

Backdrop: Designing a dust extraction system (LEV) with a branched junction. What principles allow for the calculation of volume flow rate and pressure at the inlets if the volume flow rate and ...
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What causes the 'tears' in yoghurt drinks?

Fluid dynamical instabilities are present in many different everyday things. The famous tears in wine for example are a classical example of a Marangoni effect, where surface tension gradients due to ...
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When rotating a liquid-filled jar what determines how much force goes to spinning the specimen floating inside?

Another way of stating it: When you have leaves in a (cylindrical) tea cup, if you rotate the cup (eg clockwise), the leaves largely stay in place relative to the table, but spin clockwise a little. ...
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Could you blow up a barrel (closed container) using a straw and water?

Imagine you fill up a barrel with water (or any other liquid) dig a small hole at the top and place a sufficiently large straw in it, so that there is no pressure loss or anything. Then you start to ...
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Upward bouyant forces?

When an object is submerged in a fluid (e.g., water), there is a pressure on the object due to weight of water by p=mgh, but why is there an upward buoyant force?
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An equivalent for the Bernoulli equation for viscous liquids

I was wondering whether there is any equation for viscous liquids (probably derived from energy and mass conservation principles) relating the pressure, rate of volume flow, area of cross section and ...
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Snowmaking in the tropics - an estimate of water evaporation

If I set up a snowmaker in the tropics and sprayed water with it how much water would I evaporate? How would I calculate?